Samuel Robert Piccoli was born on the Island of La Maddalena, off the northeast coast of Sardinia, to an American mother, from Philadelphia, and an Italian father, from Treviso.
When he was very young his family moved to Rome. He studied political science at . He then moved to Venice.
S.R., best known in the social media world as "Rob," attended , where he graduated in philosophy under Professor Emanuele Severino. He also studied English at .
A blogger, a History teacher (until a few years ago), a writer, Rob is based in the Venice area and lives wirh his wife, his daughter, and their dog. He cuttently is a columnist at , an Italian online magazine on politics, governance and society.
In his spare time he is a frequent global traveller, especially to Europe and USA, which he has "explored" intensively over the years. In his Twitter profile Rob describes himself as "European by birth, American by philosophy," which after all is quite an accurate description. Perhaps it also supports the adage that brevity is the soul of wit.
Rob has always loved and practiced outdoor sports, especially trekking, skiing, kayaking, and horse riding.
He has also lived in England, where he worked as night porter in a historic country house in the heart of Surrey, near London, for about one year.
Venice - View of the Grand Canal
Starting from June 2016 his books have been catalogued and incorporated into the collections of the Fondo Storico di Ateneo (Historic Athenaeum Fund) of Ca' Foscari University of Venice—which is part of the Italian National Library Service (SBN) promoted by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and locally managed by the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. The books are available for consultation by scholars and students. Click for further details.
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Blessed Are the Free in Spirit
Being Conservative from A to Z
Blessed Are the Contrarians
Breviario del giovane politico
The Mario Baratto Magna Hall in the Ca' Foscari University of Venice
San Francisco State University
Oatland Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey (England)
The Dolomites: One of my most favorite places in the world!
On a mountain trip with wife, Clara--a bit overwhelmed and exhausted, but determined!
And this is Lady!